Original Picade Console - Picade Hat

Hi, I have the original picade console with the original red picade hat. The install of retropie seems to have been corrupted, so I’ll probably have to do a full reinstall.

I have 2 questions.

I know I need to reinstall RetroPie, would the latest version work?

With regards to the PiHat, do I need to install some drivers for that? if so where exactly would I get these from, are they the legacy python drivers?

Many thanks,


From here, https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/picade
Not sure if that works with the older Picade Hat though?
The curl command just says picadehat, not picadexhat, so maybe you’ll get lucky?

Software setup

We recommend the RetroPie operating system for your Picade. You can download it from the RetroPie website and then burn it to a micro-SD card with Etcher.

Connect a USB keyboard to your Pi, and connect to Wi-Fi in the RetroPie menu. Press F4 to exit to the terminal and then type curl https://get.pimoroni.com/picadehat | bash to run the Picade HAT installer.

Reboot your Pi, if it doesn’t prompt you to. Press the “Alt” key on your keyboard and then select “Configure input” to configure your Picade’s controls. You’ll find that the sound and power button should both be working now too!

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Also found this, might help, https://github.com/pimoroni/picade-hat

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Did you ever get this working? I have the same issue where I had to rebuild my old picade and have had problems with the audio using the instructions provided on the updated arcade project site (I was hoping that it had support for both!)

No, unfortunately I didn’t get it working, as you say there’s a problem with the audio. I tried everything but couldn’t get any sound out of it!

In the end I gave up because it was taking too much time, but I did wonder what would happen if you just did a clean install of Retropie without the drivers.